Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Extracurricular Activities: When to Say When
In other words, is it you or your child who really wants it? If the answer is the former and not the latter, you should probably pull the plug and find an activity that appeals to your son or daughter. Scholastic.com offers a grade-by-grade guide to ensure you aren't spreading your child - or yourself-too thin. Remember, a great deal of the burden to get your children to and from these activities falls on you. While a kindergartener might be ready for one or two after-school activities a week, a fifth grader might only need two free afternoons a week. Of course, it's integral that you make sure your children have enough time to do homework. If your son or daughter is struggling with schoolwork, then you might encourage your child to get involved with activities that facilitate learning such as the debate team, Spanish club or math competition. Should your child seem stressed, tired, irritable or distant, they may be feeling pressured by the hectic schedule. That's when it may be time to pull the plug on an activity.